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Monday, October 31, 2016

Befriending Your Board

Hey S U P ' E R! 

Most people who have a desire to stand up paddleboard for the first time often think it is insanely difficult. In their mind they believe the moment they step foot on the board they will - without a doubt - fall off. Or, on the contrary, some believe it's a breeze. Just hop on the board and you'll balance vertically- no problem! 

The latter could be true only if you've perfected your Stand Up Paddleboard "game" over a period of time. The former can be a reality if you attempt to stand up on a paddle board without taking proper precautions that you would learn from a certified Stand Up Paddleboard instructor. Whichever SUP belief you lean toward today, "balance success" demands you implement this particular technique. 

Check out my video below for a complete demonstration of a technique I use to feel steady on my board. It's a technique I call "befriending your board." (I'm a cheeseball, I know! ;) 

This technique is designed to help you understand how you can strengthen your balance and maximize comfortability on your board.  I love how connected and strong I feel after spending time rocking my board from side to side with my hands and feet. It's teaching my body to adapt to the rhythm of the water so they can remain steady as one unit.  Befriending your board is well worth the time and effort to construct a solid SUP foundation! 

Now seeing this demonstration, do you feel inspired to give it a try? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. If you're ready for a SUP lesson, click the yellow "BOOK NOW" button on the right side of my website. 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Love + Sun,

Your Beachonista 

Monday, October 24, 2016

SUP Drill

HEY SUP'ERS. Some people might find it strange to practice Stand Up Paddleboard techniques in the pool when the ocean is nearby - or just in general.  But to others, it's the only way to practice Stand Up Paddleboarding until they visit the beach again.

Some of the most recent feedback I received about paddling in the pool was how silly I looked practicing "pivot turns" in secure water.  I couldn't help but feel misjudged and slightly attacked.  Then it dawned on me how much of a benefit it would be if I shared with you about the practices I partake in behind the scenes of paddle boarding.  

It's true. Pools lack several challenging aspects that the ocean provide. However, it doesn't mean you can't create practices that included similar challenges to perfect balance and paddle technique. Just this past week, I created a fun SUP drill dedicated to all my SUP'ers who have taken lessons with me and are worried that they would lose connection with what they've learned with me.  

First you need to find a pool that you can bring your SUP to....ask a friend, ask the community pool if possible.

Once you've found your water location, all you'll need are two pumpkins. Literally. Grab a medium and small pumpkin.

Place one at the nose of your board. and one in front of the deck pad (near the nose of the board). 

Start off on one end of the pool in normal paddle position. 

Once you reach the middle of the pool, shift into pivot stance.  While switching your feet into a pivot stance, the goal is to keep the pumpkins in place while you shift your stance and turn your board. 

To add more of a challenge, turn as many times as you can handle.

Then, come back to normal paddle stance and paddle to the opposite end of the pool. 

Try it out 5 times!

Try not to let the pumpkins fall and remain on the board. 

Did you or your pumpkins fall in? Get back up and start over again. Do it until you get it right. 

This SUP drill will increase your stability on the board and maximize your paddle stroke technique for when you find yourself on the ocean once again. 

Will you try this SUP drill? Let me know what you think or if you have any questions on how to successfully execute this exercise! 

Love + Sun

Your Beachonista 

P.S. To My Haters: Thank you for helping me see where I needed to be more clear by creating this post. In the future, I'd recommend learning how to develop a question when you're curious or confused about something. :) 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Chase YOU

These words ignite my belief that to be fulfilled you must  Be YOUR OWN SOULMATE. In every way.  

My eyes have scanned similar words like this before but it wasn't until this year I found its true meaning.  

Over and over, I've tried convincing people and businesses to buy into me and my dream. But all I found was myself buying into their erroneous ideas of me. 

Thank God life had my back...and quite literally smacked me awake in the zippiest of ways. 

Late last year, I found myself fresh out of a desperation-fueled, joke-of-a "relationship"... 


...on the rebound from a soul-sucking job filled with frenemies, 

...rejected by a local business that didn't believe in my SUP vision for women, 

...and misunderstood by well-intentioned family members who had their ideas of what size box I should fit in.

No one to encourage me but myself.

That's when you sink or swim.

Liberation is yours the moment you become your own best friend and get real honest with yourself about the shit you're doing that is no longer working.  (Hello, people-pleasing!) Let me tell ya....honesty helps you choose a better world/relationship/career because YOU ARE CHOOSING from an AUTHENTIC PLACE within YOURSELF.  

I'm still out there bringing my dream to life.  I'm getting closer and closer with each passing day. While I'm mastering this part of my life, I keep a list of meaningful points in clear view to remind myself to keep creating 

I hope it serves you as well: 

{Design your own world. Give yourself permission to do so. Even if it goes against your family's, your peers, or your culture's beliefs for your life.  Fiercely believe in the beauty of your dreams. Decorate your life with the utmost care.  Surround yourself with uplifting people, inspiring thoughts and lots of delicious action. I guarantee it will make your world a beautiful place.} 

Because you won't find this kind of juice in another person. 

Taking the plunge to develop this company has been nothing short of a beautiful personal evolution; with a hope to inspire you to stay intimately connected to your purpose and happiness. 

With that said...

I'm giving you permission to create the world you've been dreaming about. You're the only one who's going to make it happen. 

What are you dreams? Big or small. Tell me in the comment section below. I'd love to cheer you on. :)

Here's to us. 

Love + Sun,


Your Beachonista 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

4 Signs That You CAN Stand Up Paddleboard

Hey B E A C Honista!

7 years ago, I stepped foot in a little lagoon in Carlsbad, CA. My eyes couldn't take in the gorgeous sprawling views of palm trees lining the beach shore.  Because I was overtaken by the shit storm of thoughts flooding my mind as I walked towards the rental shop to Stand Up Paddleboard for the first time.  

In the moment, my mind acted like a frenemy that gave me a bunch of bullshit reasons why I shouldn't go for something meaningful to me. My sound "logic" surfaced like a broken record kindly sharing how I've failed before and would surely suck again. The images of tripping on carpet (yes, carpet!) the week before didn't pump up my confidence either. Given that I didn't know much about stand up paddle boarding (and was about to try without instruction) revealed numerous possibilities as to how my fears could come true.   

Many of my students come to me with the same internal struggle.  They show up for a stand up paddle board lesson with mixed emotions.  Many express their enthusiasm to try stand up paddle boarding but immediately share equal resistance to the sport. It's difficult to give ourselves permission to be a beginner when we don't like being wrong, failing, looking silly, getting eaten by sharks (p.s. there aren't any in the harbor! Ok. bad joke.) and just being plain ole' out of our comfort zone.   Some may have physical limitations (which is a valid concern) and others just have limited faith in themselves to try something new.  

To make sure you know the difference between fear and real roadblocks, I've outlined a list of 4 signs that you can stand up paddle board. That way you can be sure you're able to learn something exciting and new! 

Sign #1: You Get a Thrill Checking the Weather
Are you obsessed with the weather app on your phone like I am? Good! When paddling in places like the harbor (not surf zone) the only thing you need to be aware of (besides rain) are wind conditions.  High winds can make your paddling experience about as successful as bathing 3 cats at once.  There's higher chance you'll lose balance and end up in the water and you'll tire easily from paddling against the wind.  High winds can make for an unpleasant paddling experience. If you're up on the weather and stay aware of wind conditions, you're in good shape to paddle out!

Sign #2: You've Failed At Many Things But Can Stand on Your Feet (even carpet) Failing can range from tripping on carpet effortlessly to attempting to get up on a surfboard.  It doesn't matter how many physical things you haven't succeeded at.  What matters is that you wake up with passion and can stand on both feet when you get out of bed. The next step is balance: which is where I come in to help.  ;)

Sign #3: You Spell 'Freedom'-- O-C-E-A-N.
The only thing that supersceded my fears and allowed me to take a chance on Stand Up Paddleboarding was my unwavering connection to the ocean.  The water feels like freedom to me.  I love how the wind gushes through me.  Or how alive I feel when the ocean bustles beneath me.  Or how connected and tranquil I feel to ocean life. All these elements come together beautifully when I paddle through the harbor. 

Sign #4: You've Tried Something New Recently.
Even if you have not tried something new since 1991, you've at least succeeded a minimum of a dozen times in your life.  (Hey you learned how to walk!) That's exactly what matters: you're open and willing to try!  Getting familiar with the unnerving feelings of trying a new sport you know very little about is the KEY to your success. Why? Because our mind has this fabulous agenda of keeping us safe. It makes it hard anytime we do something new because it jumps into "protection mode" and depletes our faith in our abilities (on purpose). Not so we won't succeed, but to save our ego from embarrassment and/or physical danger.  Taking a lesson with a certified SUP instructor will ease this anxiety because you will learn the basics of paddle boarding.  You'll be guided on how to handle the ocean environment, so your brain can take a chill pill and enjoy the ride. ;) 

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Overall, my first Stand Up Paddleboard experience went better than my brain lead me to believe.  Yep. I was as stiff as a board and freaked out every time I came close to falling in.  But as I continued through, I found my center, remained balanced and finally, my eyes began to focus on the beauty around me.  

I hope these 4 signs have helped you see that you CAN stand up paddle board.  Fear can surface, but DO know that with a trained professional guiding you through the basics of paddle boarding, you'll remain safe! You'll gradually override fear and learn to operate safely in the ocean so YOU CAN freely enjoy paddle boarding!  

I would love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences  paddle boarding! Do you often find fear surfaces before you begin? Did you overcome it? Share with me below.

Love + Sun,


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